U.S. Men's National Team forward and Boca Raton native Jozy Altidore stepped up in front of his hometown crowd with an early goal and the USA played Honduras to a 1-1 draw in front of 14,805 spectators at FAU Stadium.
Altidore's tally in the 10th minute gave his side the early lead. However, Honduras captain Maynor Figueroa found the late equalizer in the 86th minute and the U.S. settled for its second tie in four days after a 1-1 stalemate against Ecuador last Friday.
USA goalkeeper Nick Rimando remains unbeaten in his National Team career, moving to 10-0-2. He had two saves on the night.
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Goal Scoring Rundown:USA - Jozy Altidore (Michael Bradley), 10th minute: Mix Diskerud stole the ball in midfield and pushed it forward to Clint Dempsey. Dempsey back-heeled a slick pass to Bradley, who found Altidore on the left side. Altidore aggressively took on Honduras defender Victor Bernardez one-on-one, cutting inside to his right and shot right-footed inside the near left post for the early one-goal lead. It was Altidore's third goal of the year and 24th of his career. USA 1, HON 0 (SEE GOAL)
HON - Maynor Figueroa (Mario Martinez), 86th minute: Honduras second-half sub Martinez whipped in a left-footed free kick from the right side, easily eluding the USA's two-man wall and finding Figueroa in the middle of the box. The Honduras captain fought off Jermaine Jones and redirected with the header past Nick Rimando to earn the equalizer. USA 1, HON 1 (FINAL)
Key Saves and Defensive Stops:HON - Luis Garrido, 21st minute: Alejandro Bedoya had a dangerous run down the left side to get behind Honduras' defense. That created some space to cross into the box, and Garrido came sliding in to intercept a ball that was destined for USA captain Clint Dempsey for a high-percentage scoring chance at close range.
USA - Nick Rimando, 45th+1 minute: Amid all of Honduras' first-half set pieces, Honduras' most threatening chance came in the run of play at the end of the first 45 minutes. Wilmer Crisanto had a perfect left-footed touch, crossing toward the top of the box to try and connect with Alberth Elis. Rimando alertly left his line for the interception and maintain the one-goal lead heading into halftime.
USA - Jermaine Jones, 50th minute: Making his first appearance at center back, Jones was tested by Honduras' speed on several occasions. He recovered well against Oscar Garcia, who appeared to have a couple of steps on Jones down the left side. Jones lunged in to break up the attack and instead allow Honduras to take its eighth corner kick of the match.
HON - Wilmer Crisanto and Victor Bernardez, 74th minute: Though the USA offense did not create many scoring chances in the second half, Mix Diskerud looked the most dangerous with an individual effort starting above the box. Diskerud saw a bit of an opening to dribble head-on, but Honduras' Crisanto and Bernardez did just enough to disrupt Diskerud and the USA.
USA - Jermaine Jones, 78th minute: Though sitting on a yellow card, Jones confidently made a sliding tackle against the speedy Romell Quioto, disrupting Honduras' attack in a similar fashion as Garcia's run earlier in the half.
USA - Nick Rimando, 90th+1 minute: The USA had a difficult time clearing the ball out of the box following a Honduras corner kick, and Honduras' Juan Rodriguez kept things active in his team's final third. Rodriguez fired a left-footed shot that went through the U.S. defense and Rimando stayed low for the clutch save.
•MNT vs. Honduras: Highlights - Oct. 14, 2014
Milestone Watch: • With goal No. 24, Jozy Altidore ties for fifth on the U.S. MNT's all-time goal scoring list with Joe-Max Moore, who scored 24 goals in 100 games from 1992-2002. Altidore's 24 goals have come in 74 matches. • Michael Bradley's assist on Altidore's goal was the 12th of his career. Bradley moves into sole possession of 10th all-time, passing John Harkes and Alexi Lalas who had 11 assists during their careers. • Bradley earned his 91st cap moving past Harkes for 18th place on the USA's all-time list. • Clint Dempsey moved into a tie for seventh place on the U.S. MNT all-time list with his 110th cap, sharing that spot with Carlos Bocanegra and Paul Caligiuri. Dempsey is two appearances behind sixth-place Claudio Reyna (112 caps from 1994-2006).
Next on the Schedule:The U.S. MNT travels to Dublin to face the Republic of Ireland on Tuesday, Nov. 18, at Aviva Stadium. The game kicks off at 2:45 p.m. ET.Broadcast information: TBDSocial: Twitter (@ussoccer; @ussoccer_esp); Facebook; Instagram
Additional Notes: • The USA is now 6-3-4 in 2014. • The U.S. MNT moves to 14-4-4 all-time against Honduras. • The USA is 17-16-10 all-time in games played in Florida. Tuesday's match was the team's first in Palm Beach County. • U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann's starting lineup featured Nick Rimando in goal, making his fourth appearance and third start of the year. It was his first start since the USA's 2-2 draw against Mexico on April 2 in Glendale, Arizona. • In front of Rimando was a defensive line that included Timmy Chandler at right back, Greg Garza at left back and the center back duo of Jermaine Jones and Matt Besler. Jones featured at center back for the first time with the National Team, but he served there previously for club sides Schalke in Germany and Besiktas in Turkey. • In the midfield, Mix Diskerud played the holding role, Graham Zusi was on the right, Alejandro Bedoya on the left and Michael Bradley up top in a diamond 4-4-2 formation. • Team captain Clint Dempsey and Jozy Altidore were paired up front. • In the 63rd minute, Klinsmann utilized his first three subs. Tim Ream replaced Besler in defense. Bobby Wood earned his third cap as he entered for Dempsey. DeAndre Yedlin returned to the midfield for a second straight game, replacing Zusi. • Midfielder Alfredo Morales entered the game in the 75th minute for Bradley. • In the 78th minute, Joe Corona earned his 14th cap, replacing Bedoya. • Forward Miguel Ibarra, who plays professionally for the NASL's Minnesota United, made his U.S. MNT debut when he entered for Diskerud in the 90th minute. • The USA is now 9-5-4 with Dempsey wearing the captain's armband. • The USA is now 33-13-11 all-time under Klinsmann.
- U.S. Men's National Team Match Report -
Match: U.S. Men's National Team vs. HondurasDate: Oct. 14, 2014Competition: International FriendlyVenue: FAU Stadium; Boca Raton, FloridaKickoff: 8 p.m. ETAttendance: 14,805Weather: 83 degrees, partly cloudy
Scoring Summary: 1 2 FUSA 1 0 1 HON 0 1 1
USA - Jozy Altidore (Michael Bradley) 10th minute HON - Maynor Figueroa (Mario Martinez) 86
Lineups:USA: 22-Nick Rimando; 21-Timmy Chandler, 13-Jermaine Jones, 5-Matt Besler (16-Tim Ream, 64), 14-Greg Garza; 19-Graham Zusi (2-DeAndre Yedlin, 64), 10-Mix Diskerud (9-Miguel Ibarra, 90), 4-Michael Bradley (6-Alfredo Morales, 75), 11-Alejandro Bedoya (15-Joe Corona, 78); 8-Clint Dempsey (capt.) (23-Bobby Wood, 64), 17-Jozy AltidoreSubs Not Used: 3-Michael Orozco, 12-Bill Hamid, 18-Chris Wondolowski Head coach: Jurgen Klinsmann
HON: 22-Donis Escober; 13-Wilmer Crisanto, 3-Maynor Figueroa (capt.), 5-Victor Bernárdez, 7-Emilio Izaguirre; 20-Jorge Claros (23-Edder Delgado, 46), 19-Luis Garrido, 14-Oscar Boniek García (8-Juan Josue Rodríguez, 69), 17-Andy Najar (10-Mario Martínez, 62); 9-Alberth Elis (12-Marvin Chávez, 75), 21-Roger Rojas (11-Romell Quioto, 46)Subs Not Used: 1-Kevin Hernández, 4-Henry Figueroa, 6-Bryan Acosta, 15-Wilfredo Barahona, 16-Javier PortilloHead Coach: Hernan Medford
Stats Summary: USA / HONShots: 8 / 11 Shots on Goal: 1 / 3 Saves: 2 / 0Corner Kicks: 4 / 11Fouls: 15 / 11Offside: 2 / 3
Misconduct Summary:HON - Jorge Claros (caution) 16th minuteUSA - Matt Besler (caution) 22HON - Romel Quioto (caution) 50USA - Jermaine Jones (caution) 60USA - Mix Diskerud (caution) 85HON - Luis Garrido (caution) 89
Officials:Referee: Yadel Martinez (CUB) Assistant Referee 1: Jairo Morales (PUR)Assistant Referee 2: Caleb Wales (TRI) 4th Official: Sandy Vasquez (DOM)
Budweiser Man of the Match: Jozy Altidore